Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

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Course summary

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Learn how to design, develop, and deploy software systems for business, whilst also developing skills in enterprise computing, business modelling, and digital entrepreneurship. This degree which includes a Foundation Year in Computing is an alternative entry route for students without the formal academic profile to enter into degree level study. We will help you develop your undergraduate academic skills, whilst also teaching you foundations of programming, problem solving and maths. Why study the Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) degree at Goldsmiths? Teaching on this programme is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations, and you don’t need to know how to code before you start. You'll begin by creating simple software programs, before gradually building expertise so that you’re ready for undergraduate study. Your practical work will be underpinned by theory ranging from problem-solving strategies to professional software development models. You’ll benefit from Goldsmiths’ unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching Computing and explore how computing interacts with the arts, humanities and social sciences. And when you successfully complete our foundation year, you’ll be eligible to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree in Computing. This BSc provides you with a deep understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in developing and managing businesses in digital domains. You will learn key computing skills such as programming, full-stack web development, and network administration, alongside entrepreneurial skills like statistics, business modelling, project management, marketing, and venture creation. Design your own digital ventures The degree is hands on and practical from the start. You will create your own web applications, mobile apps, games, and more. By working on practical projects throughout your degree, you will learn to develop viable business ideas, and build a relevant skillset for your future career. You will also have the option to take an industrial placement year after your second year – an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects. By the end of your degree, you will have built a portfolio of work to kickstart your career in technology. Learn business computing skills We will teach you the skills you need to become a business professional in computing, but you don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you up to a professional level over the course of your degree. You’ll program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about web development, databases, and business modelling. You will also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking, and version control. After your degree This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in business and technology. Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as software engineering, advertising, digital advocacy, and e-learning . This course is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.

Course details

Modules

The foundation year (Year 0) is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in computing. During the year you’ll learn the foundations of how to program a computer. You’ll work on practical examples of computing applications and learn to develop simple software programs which gradually increase in complexity. You’ll also work on your mathematical and problem-solving skills, as well as more general study skills. Year 0 includes four integrated units of study: Studying Computers Foundations of Problem Solving Foundations of Programming Foundations of Mathematics for Computing You will also learn creative thinking and business techniques by studying topics such as user-centred design and digital venture creation and develop key professional skills such as teamwork, project pitching, and project management. Whilst studying with us you will also benefit from Goldsmiths Computing Department’s unique approach to teaching computing, informed by our wealth of expertise in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. You will notice this through the engaging and accessible way that we teach programming on core modules, but also through optional topics such as physical computing and virtual reality. Year 1 First-year modules get you developing real-world software from the very beginning. You will learn technical programming and web development skills while at the same time working in teams to develop complete software products. You will develop web and mobile apps that fulfil the needs of your target market, ranging from a website for a local business to an iPhone app advertising a fantasy virtual band. You will be encouraged to work independently and think creatively about your target market and how to design software for them. In the second term, you will undertake the Computing in Business module that focuses both on business and technical aspects of Business Computing by analysing the technologies used, and business theories applied, by successful businesses across the world. Introduction to Programming Front End Web Designing Digital Interactions How Computers Work Introduction to Statistics for Business Perspectives on Capital: Cultural, Social, Financial, Critical Business Enterprise in the Digital Era Computing Project 1 Year 2 compulsory modules Java for Industry Dynamic Web Applications Computing Projects 2 Creative and Social Enterprises: Business Models, Value and Planning You will also take 30 credits of option modules from the available list. Optional placement year Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process. Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in a straight three years after Year 0. Year 3 (or Year 4 with work placement) You will complete a project in an area of Business Computing which will be worth 50% of your final mark for the year. Final Project in Business Computing Digital Venture Creation You will also take 45 credits of third-year option credits from a list provided by the department. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code7UG2
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

There are no formal entrance qualifications for this programme; we consider all relevant qualifications and related experience, but you might be invited to take a short test in maths and problem solving at our New Cross campus. The test is help the admissions tutor assess your current knowledge of problem solving and mathematics. Part of the reason we ask you to take this test is because some applicants who apply for our integrated degrees (with foundation year) might be better suited to one of our three year degrees despite not meeting the entrance requirements for those programmes. If you live a long way from London, you may be able to take the test remotely and some financial help might be available.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS